13 Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields;
14 our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.
15 Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the LORD.
Psalm 144:13-15 (NIV)
If I am to ask you if the Lord is your God, you may think it is a silly question. Every one of us knows the right answer. Even theologians and doctrine worshippers know how to say yes to this question. However, we should realize that while these heretics use the same terms as us Christians, their meanings to them can be totally opposite from what the Bible says.
When I was in my first church, which is religious, I had also considered the Lord as my God as I am now but the meaning of it is very different. At that time I had a very negative impression on God because I believed in the lies of theology. In my mind, God is only good, loving and caring only to those who are not Christians. Once you become a Christian, God will impose his perverted will on you. He can make you poor and sick to show you his “goodness”. He also expects you to go for missions and give money to the church.
So, I tried to stay away from God as much as I can. I tried not to pray for too long because I wanted to avoid the situation where God speaking to me. When it comes to the idea of God speaking to people, the only thought that came to my mind was the call for mission and give money to the church. I hated these two.
In short, I considered the phase “the Lord is my God” as “the Lord is my oppressor”. I thought of God telling me to give him all my money and go for missions. This is the theological bondage I was in when I first got “saved”.
Thank God, he had delivered me from those lies. I have been set free by the truth of God written in the Bible. Today, the Lord is still my God but the meaning of it is different. When I think of “the Lord is my God”, I think of the above verses. The above passage tells us the true meaning of having the Lord as our God. Verse 13 tells us that we will be very rich. Our assets will multiply by the thousands. Verse 14 speaks of our safety. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets. In other words, we will have peace and harmony when the Lord is our God.
This means having the Lord as our God is a good thing. The Lord wants to be our God and his motive is not to oppress us. The Lord does not want to be our God in order to ask us for our money, as I was led to believe. He wants to be our God to give us a lot money. He wants to be our God to bless us in every area of our life like health, wealth, safety, long life and success everywhere we go. These are his motive for wanting to be our God.
Somebody may ask, “How about many Christians who are poor, sick and do not look very successful?” The answer is, these Christians need to start reading the Bible. They need to know and believe in the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. As for me, I am not going to reject the Gospel just because there are Christians who are poor and sick. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true even if there are many poor and sick Christians out there.
Let me put this in another way. It is not the responsibility of God to change his truth each time he sees a sick or poor Christian. It is the responsibility of all Christians to learn about the truth of God and use it to overcome all the poverty, sickness and failures in our lives so that we can live the lives God wants us to live: prosper and be in health as our souls prosper.
In conclusion, we need to be aware of the true motive why the Lord wants to be our God. His real motive is to bless us and not to oppress us. He will never give you some thorns in the flesh to show you his sufficient grace. Instead he will give you great prosperity in every area of your life to show you his exceeding and abundant grace. This is the Lord our God.